|August 13, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.|
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
How eager is Israel for peace?
This week’s telling story says it all.
Israel is releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners convicted
of murder and attempted murder, including of children and Holocaust
Another 78 are to be released in the coming months.
It’s the price the Israeli government is reluctantly
willing to pay – and not even for a peace deal, but simply for getting talks
restarted with the Palestinians.
The overwhelming majority of Israelis – up to 90
percent – think the price is much too high, but the government is going ahead
anyway to show its good-faith commitment.
Now imagine if such a release of prisoners with blood
on their hands took place in America.
Actually, it would be pretty hard to imagine,
right?In fact, there’d be little
chance, I’d say.
If this doesn’t show how deep Israel’s yearning for
peace is, and the lengths to which it’ll go for the sake of peace, I don’t know
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This is David Harris of AJC.